The place where teens speak and Atlanta listens

About the Project

Atlanta thrives when its teens are engaged and valued and VOX knows that the arts contribute to creating a rich and diverse community. Our arts-based programming is a unique resource that exists outside of traditional education. Teens are not receiving a grade, but are instead learning how to tell their stories and share them with the community. We focus on relationships and skill-building to ensure that teens are prepared, connected and valued.  

VOX provides diverse entry points for Atlanta teen artists to engage in conversations around the issues that matter most to them and their peers. We support them in creating content to share their experiences, raise concerns, connect their peers to resources and advocate for their generation. Our teen-driven community programming sends the message to teens and adults alike that teens’ voices matter. We offer the following opportunities to Atlanta teens:

-VOXcast: Our original podcast by teens, for teens was developed in Spring 2017 with support from adult mentor and WABE reporter Molly Samuel. Listen to our first episode at VOX teens are in the production process for future episodes – stay tuned!
-Self-expression workshops: VOX brings the mic to other youth-serving agencies and Atlanta schools with our free self-expression workshops. Our teens co-facilitate these interactive workshops and support their peers in content creation. We then publish their writing, visual arts, audio and video pieces on and in our print publications.

-Partnerships with other arts organizations: This semester includes leading a session on zining on the topic of immigration at Murmur’s Atlanta Zine Fest 5; marching in the PRIDE Parade as Grand Marshals; and celebrating youth voice with re:imagine/ATL.
-Arts skill-building: Teen staff members participate in workshops at VOX to learn arts-related skills. Topics include collage making; audio and video editing; reviewing music, movie and television; and graphic design. We also provide opportunities for teens to participate in the local arts community by attending exhibit openings, concerts and theater and then publishing about those experiences.
-Atlanta Word Works workshops: These twice-monthly writing workshops explore themes such as arts and activism, politics and gender issues. Teens are supported by teaching artists in developing their original content. 
-Open mic nights and poetry slams: Our open mic nights are open to all teens in the community. Our yearly poetry slams determine the team who will represent the city of Atlanta at Brave New Voices, the international youth poetry slam competition .
-Digital and print publishing: We publish three print editions each year, as well as daily content online. All publishing includes an arts component and we welcome submissions from teens who are not directly connected with VOX. Our media partners WABE, Georgia Public Broadcasting and ArtsATL publish our teens’ original content on their sites for an even greater reach.
-Community dialogues: VOX hosts free community dialogues around topics like mental health, race, gender, HIV/AIDS and teen dating violence. These events always include speak-out stations where teens create art and share their views and ideas. On December 9, we will host a dialogue around immigration and the experience of refugee teens at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

The arts are vital to teens developing as thinkers and leaders, as teens build critical-thinking skills and the ability to communicate their unique perspective. As teens write and tell their own stories, they discover their voice and are able to share that with their peers in the community.

This power2give funding will go to support programming specifically in the City of Atlanta. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the City of Atlanta and will go directly to cover these costs:

-Healthy snacks and meals: $500
-Program supplies: $500

-Supplies for free community events and dialogues: $500
-MARTA (for teens to get to and from VOX's downtown newsroom and out into the community for special events): $1,000
-Teen leadership stipends (for audio editor, video editor and Atlanta Teen Voices editor): $2,000
-Workshops for community partners and schools (for supplies and staff time): $2,500

-Program staff time to execute all activities: $3,000

Thank you to all of our donors and the City of Atlanta for your support of VOX Teen Communications and our work to collect voices from teen artists in Atlanta.

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